Derek Chambers, Director of Programmes, Inspire Ireland

“Mental health is a fundamental part of the human condition, part of all of us for better or worse – we need to remind ourselves of that, it’s about all of us.”

Derek Chambers (MA Sociology) is Director of Programmes at Inspire Ireland and a doctoral student in the School of Applied Social Studies in UCC. A former deputy head of the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention, he managed the recent public mental health campaign, Your Mental Health, and was lead author of the national suicide prevention strategy. Continue Reading →

Dr Shane McKeogh and Dr Darach Ó Ciardha –

We hope that the provision of this comprehensive online resource to all healthcare professionals will allow for more efficient communication between all those involved in patient care in Ireland

In this week’s ‘Expert Insights’ we chatted to Dr Shane McKeogh and Dr Darach Ó Ciardha, founders of We asked them to update us on the latest site developments and also got their unique take on use of digital media in primary care and pharmaceutical marketing. Continue Reading →

Dr Michelle Rice, General Practitioner, Expert Insights

Dr Michelle Rice, General Practitioner at The Park Clinic, Cabinteely, Co Dublin, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of health information becoming more and more readily available online. She also describes what she feels are the pros and cons of patients preparing for their GPs visit with research on their potential medical conditions. Continue Reading →

Dr Niall Colwell, Cardiologist & Physician, South Tipperary General Hospital

Dr Niall Colwell, Cardiologist and Physician at South Tipperary General Hospital discusses his thoughts on the specific areas in which Irish pharmaceutical companies could improve to help develop better relationships between sales representatives and doctors. Continue Reading →

Mr Peter Murchan, Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon, South Tipperary General Hospital

Mr Peter Murchan, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at South Tipperary General Hospital discusses his thoughts on what the top pharmaceutical companies are doing to ensure positive interactions with healthcare professionals. Continue Reading →

Competitive Marketing Strategies through the Product Lifecycle (Webinar)

Missed the PMI Webinar last week? Catch it again here!

Andrea Fontanot, International Strategic Planning Director with Saatchi & Saatchi Health, part of the Publicis Healthcare Communications Group, joined Publicis D Healthcare and the Pharmaceutical Managers Institute (PMI) last week to deliver a case-study rich lunchtime webinar. Continue Reading →

Dr Ronan Kavanagh, Consultant Rheumatologist, Galway Clinic

“Getting onto Twitter is one of the best things I’ve done in my postgraduate medical education”

Dr Ronan Kavanagh is a Consultant Rheumatologist at Western Rheumatology at the Galway Clinic and is one of the most active Irish healthcare professionals online. We chatted to Dr Kavanagh to get his take on the role of the internet and new technologies in patient care and the impact of new media on his professional life. Continue Reading →

Priscilla Lynch, Freelance Journalist and Editor

“Irish healthcare workers need to embrace digital technology more and reclaim their position as the authority on health”

Former Editor of one of Ireland’s leading medical publications, Irish Medical News, Priscilla holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Dublin City University. Continue Reading →

Dr Justin Smyth, General Practitioner, Ranelagh Medical Clinic

“If a patient can access the right information it will help their long term prognosis”

Dr. Justin Smyth is a graduate of Medicine from University College Dublin, 2000. Dr Smyth completed a full-time Masters in Sports Medicine in Trinity College in 2002 after which he spent 3 years in hospital posts as part of general practice training. Dr Smyth has worked extensively with the Football Association of Ireland since 2003 as a Sports Medicine specialist. He is currently working with the Irish Under 17 Boys soccer team. Continue Reading →